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Hi, I've been researching for the past 7 hours, tried various things, but still nothing. I'm trying to install RedHat 7.2 (downloading RedHat 9 now, but it'll be a while), and after booting with the CD, I get to a point where hda:hda: timeout waiting for DMA ide_dmaproc: chipset suppported ide_dma_timeout_ fnc only: 14 And then the system hangs. I have a Maxtor 6Y040L0 DiamondMax Plus 9 (UDMA) harddisk, SiS740 onboard video, GCE-8481B CD-RW, and nothing else that seems relevant. I have tried these on install: linux ide=nodma (this kills my CD-ROM, etc, and I can't install from CD) linux ...

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    Default DMA timeout on Installation

    Hi,

    I've been researching for the past 7 hours, tried various things, but
    still nothing. I'm trying to install RedHat 7.2 (downloading RedHat 9
    now, but it'll be a while), and after booting with the CD, I get to a
    point where

    hda:hda: timeout waiting for DMA
    ide_dmaproc: chipset suppported ide_dma_timeout_ fnc only: 14

    And then the system hangs.

    I have a Maxtor 6Y040L0 DiamondMax Plus 9 (UDMA) harddisk, SiS740
    onboard video, GCE-8481B CD-RW, and nothing else that seems relevant.

    I have tried these on install:

    linux ide=nodma
    (this kills my CD-ROM, etc, and I can't install from CD)

    linux hda=nodma
    (this doesn't do anything)

    linux hda=noautotune
    (this allows me to try the install, but doesn't detect my CD-ROM)

    I don't ever remember having to jump through this many hoops... my old
    box (which was fried by a power surge) just took the CD and installed
    normally. How can I take care of this problem??

    Thank you,

    James
    JP Guest

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    Default Re: DMA timeout on Installation

    On 9 Nov 2003 08:41:39 -0800, com (JP) wrote:
     
     

    could be a controller issue; have your tried, just for fun:
    apm=off acpi=off noapic
    ..
    --
    /// Michael J. Tobler: motorcyclist, surfer, skydiver, \\\
    \\\ and author: "Inside Linux", "C++ HowTo", "C++ Unleashed" ///
    Excellent day for drinking heavily. Spike office water cooler.
    mjt Guest

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    Default Re: DMA timeout on Installation

    mjt <com> wrote in message news:<YIwrb.18478$news.atl.earthlink.net>... 

    >
    > could be a controller issue; have your tried, just for fun:
    > apm=off acpi=off noapic
    > .[/ref]

    Hi,

    I gave the advice a shot, but it didn't help either. I'm really lost
    here.

    Some more info: I have a SiS5513 PCI IDE controller, if that means
    anything. I also have W2K in the primary partition, which contains the
    first 5G of the hard drive. The next 5G is free of any partition (and
    this is where I want to install linux to), and then I have an extended
    partition with three logical partitions, 10G each.

    Again, the problem is during installation, the screen locks up (and
    the HD-access light turns on) after
    hda:hda: timeout waiting for DMA

    Nothing really I can do... please help! Thank you,

    James
    JP Guest

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    Default SOLVED Re: DMA timeout on Installation

    So, after all these DMA timeout problems, and trying out various
    parameters, the problem turned out to be the connector cable (the one
    from the hard drive had too many pins!!!)

    Connected the harddrive and the CD-ROM to the same wire, and no
    problem after that!

    Cheers,

    James

    com (JP) wrote in message news:<google.com>... [/ref]

    > >
    > > could be a controller issue; have your tried, just for fun:
    > > apm=off acpi=off noapic
    > > .[/ref]
    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > I gave the advice a shot, but it didn't help either. I'm really lost
    > here.
    >
    > Some more info: I have a SiS5513 PCI IDE controller, if that means
    > anything. I also have W2K in the primary partition, which contains the
    > first 5G of the hard drive. The next 5G is free of any partition (and
    > this is where I want to install linux to), and then I have an extended
    > partition with three logical partitions, 10G each.
    >
    > Again, the problem is during installation, the screen locks up (and
    > the HD-access light turns on) after
    > hda:hda: timeout waiting for DMA
    >
    > Nothing really I can do... please help! Thank you,
    >
    > James[/ref]
    JP Guest

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    Default Re: SOLVED Re: DMA timeout on Installation

    On 9 Nov 2003 20:35:19 -0800, com (JP) wrote:
     

    .... i'm surprised you even got ANY sort of response! this
    is something i always forget about: the ide cable - cheap
    ones can cause all kinds of hard disk issues
    ..
    --
    /// Michael J. Tobler: motorcyclist, surfer, skydiver, \\\
    \\\ and author: "Inside Linux", "C++ HowTo", "C++ Unleashed" ///
    Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable. - Ambrose Bierce
    mjt Guest

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